The Procedure

A mommy makeover is a customized combination of cosmetic procedures, performed together to address the common changes that result from pregnancy and breast feeding.  The physical changes addressed include loose abdominal skin, stretch marks, fatty deposits resistant to diet and exercise, and deflated and sagging breasts. You and Dr. Gupta will discuss the procedures that you desire to restore your pre-pregnancy body and self-confidence.

A mommy makeover procedure is typically focused on the abdomen and breasts. The procedures will include a tummy tuck to repair stretched abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fat, liposuction to sculpt new contours, and breast augmentation or a lift or both.

Your mommy makeover is outpatient surgery. Studies confirm the safety and efficacy of outpatient tummy tucks, and breast surgery. Whether all procedures chosen will be performed at the same time will be based on your safety, and may be staged together or individually.


You may choose IV sedation with local anesthetic or general anesthesia based on Dr. Gupta’s recommendation.

The procedures

Tummy tuck: During a tummy tuck, Dr. Gupta will make a horizontal incision from hip to hip in the bikini area. If you have had a C section, your scar will be removed.

He will then repair and tighten your abdominal muscles and tissues, and pull down and remove excess skin and stretch marks below your belly button. If the upper abdomen needs tightening, Dr. Gupta will make another incision around your belly button. The belly button will be repositioned to its normal location after all excess skin and fat have been removed. If you suffer with stress incontinence, Dr. Gupta can fix this to help normalize urine flow.


If you choose liposuction very small incisions will be made in the areas of focus, the stubborn fatty deposits will be removed, and your new contours will be sculpted. Abdominoplasty will narrow your waist but cannot address your hips and thighs.

Breast augmentation: Incisions are made in natural breast folds to minimize visible scarring. Placement of incisions will be based on the type of breast implant and the degree of enhancement desired. The implants will be placed and positioned either under the pectoral muscle or just behind the existing breast tissue.

Breast lift

This surgery lifts the breast by removing excess skin and tightening the tissues to reshape and support new breast contours. Incisions are made based on your choice and Dr. Gupta’s recommendation. The breast tissue is lifted and reshaped and excess breast tissue is removed. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural location for a more youthful appearance.

All incisions will be closed using progressive tension sutures, layering of the sutures deep within the tissues for enhanced support for your new shape.

After surgery, you will wake with surgical dressings and compression bandages. You receive pain medications and detailed instructions about how to care for your incisions, discomfort and recovery.

Dr. Anshu Gupta at Verve Plastic Surgery in Solana Beach California is double board- certified in general surgery and plastic surgery. He blends aesthetic sense, an artistic eye and expert surgical skills with compassion and kindness to create the most natural, self-confidence boosting results.

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